“May God bless the Queen, may she reign forever in our hearts, and may God hold her and Prince Philip in abiding care,” Trump said in a joint statement with his wife, Melania. “Melania and I will always cherish our time together with the Queen, and never forget Her Majesty’s generous friendship, great wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor. What a grand and beautiful lady she was—there was nobody like her!”
The queen died on Thursday at age 96 after seven decades on the throne.
Trump’s statement extended condolences to the people of the United Kingdom, but notably lacked references to the commonwealth ― a priority for the queen ― or the monarch’s role in overseeing Britain’s withdrawal from its colonies. (President Joe Biden emphasized the deceased ruler’s international impact in his statement.)
“Queen Elizabeth’s historic and remarkable reign left a tremendous legacy of peace and prosperity for Great Britain,” Trump’s statement continued.
Queen Elizabeth II and then-President Donald Trump attended an event together in 2019 to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. (Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage via Getty Images)
Trump met the queen twice during his presidency.
For their first encounter, in 2018, he arrived late ― then claimed the queen kept him waiting, despite photo and video evidence to the contrary.
In 2019, she hosted the then-president for a state visit. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly attempted to crash their meeting in what would have been a major breach of protocol. Afterwards, Trump claimed the queen’s team told him that “she hasn’t had so much fun in 25 years.”
The queen, who as a rule remained mum on politics and current events, did not confirm this.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.